Trump Describes Plan To Reclaim American Education From Leftists

President Donald Trump, eyeing a return to the White House in 2024, has promised to overhaul the U.S. higher education system by targeting what he calls “radical left” accreditors who have allowed colleges to become havens for “Marxist maniacs and lunatics.” The 45th president aims to utilize the college accreditation system to root out ideologies that undermine American traditional values and Western civilization.

Trump posted a video statement to his Truth Social account Tuesday evening outlining his education policy. He stressed the need to “reclaim our once great educational institutions from the radical left.” He criticized the current accreditation system for failing to prevent universities from exploiting students and taxpayers, promising to “fire the radical left accreditors” and replace them with ones who will “impose real standards.”

President Trump said his new standards would defend and promote free speech while eliminating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. He also said he would initiate reforms that would slash bloated administrative costs that do little to promote actual education.

The backdrop for Trump’s fiery declarations includes recent unrest on college campuses, such as the anti-Israel protests at Columbia University, which led to classes being moved online. Trump criticized the university’s response, calling it a capitulation to “anti-American insanity.”

As the 2024 presidential race heats up, Trump’s education agenda starkly contrasts with the current administration’s policies, which Republicans have criticized for fostering a climate of bias and low academic standards in education. His plan resonates with conservative calls for a return to merit-based education and an end to what they perceive as political indoctrination in academia.

Trump’s education proposals signal a fundamental shift toward a more traditionalist and nationalist approach to American education. By positioning himself against the “radical left” in academia, Trump taps into longstanding conservative grievances concerning higher education, especially around issues like free speech and ideological diversity.

The focus on overhauling the accreditation process could lead to significant changes in how colleges operate, potentially reducing the influence of what Trump and his supporters call “Marxist” elements in education. This move could appeal to conservative voters who feel alienated by the current educational narratives and are concerned about the ideological shaping of future generations.